The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Center for the Study of Art and Community

Center for the Study of Art and Community Records

34 boxes 51 linear feet
Call no.: MS 1078

Temporarily stored offsite; contact SCUA to request materials from this collection.

Since its founding 1991, the Center for the Study of Art and Community has been devoted to arts-based community development: the philosophy that human creativity is essential to the development of caring and capable communities. Founded by Bill Cleveland, the CSAC is an association of creative leaders from several cultural sectors, including business, government, and the arts, that seeks new cultural partnerships to integrate arts and creative expression into community life. Their projects have played out in schools, symphony halls, and neighborhood associations, but also in factories, jails, senior centers, unemployment offices.

The records of the CSAC offer extensive documentation of the movement to facilitate the role of arts and creativity in community development and an organization dedicated to fostering cultural partnerships that touch on sectors of the community from education and human services to public safety, faith groups.

Gift of William Cleveland, May 2019


Arts--ManagementCommunity arts projects


Cleveland, William, 1947-